“This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! …Bereft of life, he rests in peace!” – Mr. Praline
Years ago, a General Motors executive from Detroit told a roomful of press and analysts that “the median age of a Cadillac buyer increases by one year every year.” In other words, their customer base was dying. Only septuagenarians … Read More → "Wind River Modernizes VxWorks"
“A man with a watch always knows the time. A man with two is never certain” – anonymous
They say you should never go camping without a compass, but don’t ever go with two. Either pack one compass or three, but not two. Because if they ever differ, which one will you believe?
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“[Motion sensing hand dryers] never work, so I just end up looking like I’m waving hello to a wall robot.” – Jimmy Fallon
In school I was taught that a thermostat is a robot, inasmuch as it responds to its surroundings in real time. Years later, I was the head of engineering for a robot company that made big, scary machines with 500 … Read More → "Smart Sensor Sees in 3D"
“The road to success is paved with the hot asphalt of failure.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take an in-depth look at the complex reliability issues present in today’s automotive designs. Hany Elhak (Cadence Design Systems) and I chat about the role that mixed-signal chips play in the automotive ecosystem, the reality of defect analysis in the … Read More → "Reliability’s Road"
In general, we like light hearted stories on Fish Fry. We like “smart” forks that tell us when we should stop eating. We enjoy 3D printing robots that make pancakes with the faces of famous people. All of that is fine and dandy but sometimes, we have to talk about more serious stuff. Today we are talking about when safety and security is mandatory, when failure is life or … Read More → "When the Undecidable Becomes Decided"
“Your car goes where your eyes go.” – Garth Stein
A brand-new survey of autonomous-vehicle designers tells an interesting story about their progress, their concerns, and their outlook for fully autonomous vehicles.
If I may offer a brief summary: they’re scared $#!%-less.
The survey was … Read More → "Self-Driving Cars: What the Engineers Think"